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Children's Fiction Environment

Beach Baby Read-Along

by (author) Laurie Elmquist

illustrated by Elly Mackay

read by Heather Gould

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 2018
Environment, Marine Life, General
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2018
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 2
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0 to 2


A gentle, poetic lullaby for baby, filled with memories from a perfect day playing on the beach.

Castles, sand dollars, seals peering out of the waves and the beat of the ocean become sweet reminders of all the magical things that await baby tomorrow. A lyrical celebration of natural beauty and a soft, reassuring reminder for little ones being tucked into bed that fun and adventure will return with a new day.

Elly MacKay’s paper-theater worlds are a delight to behold and infuse the story with a sense of magic and wonder. Beautiful verse from Laurie Elmquist sets a calm and serene tone. A breathtaking board book that will be treasured and make a wonderful gift.

About the authors

Laurie Elmquist holds an MA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor in Ontario and has been published in several magazines and anthologies. A teacher at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia, and online instructor at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Laurie has served as a judge for several competitions, including the Canadian Author’s Association Book Prize. When she’s not writing, Laurie enjoys exploring the beaches of the west coast, from California to Vancouver Island. Beach Baby is her first book. For more information, visit

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Elly MacKay creates tiny worlds from cut paper, ink and light, which she then photographs. Her work explores themes of nature, childhood and the imaginary. Elly’s work has been featured in international publications, including O: The Oprah Magazine, Chatelaine and Cosmopolitan. She grew up in a converted church in the countryside by Georgian Bay, Ontario. She now explores the same rivers, forests and beaches with her husband, Simon, and their two kids, Lily and Koen. For more information, visit

Elly Mackay's profile page

Heather Gould is an entrepreneur, artist and voice actor from Victoria, British Columbia.


Heather Gould's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"The text is lyrical...with greatly lulling effect...MacKay's evocatively lit cut- and marbled-paper dioramas are equally soothing, rendered in pastel twilight tones that suit the mood...A seaside bedtime idyll."

Kirkus Reviews

"This lovely introduction to a beach environment is a good read for naptime and evening sharing."

School Library Journal

“MacKay’s...illustrations are dreamlike…This board book...captures the beauty of the ocean, and it would evoke pleasant memories when falling asleep. Recommended.”

CM Magazine

★ "Dreamy artwork and verse reassure readers who are headed to bed...Enchanting, engaging, and restful."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A gentle and gorgeous book."

Quill & Quire

"A lovely, warm, emotive story which warms both heart and soul."

Resource Links

Other titles by Laurie Elmquist

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Other titles by Heather Gould